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Win a handmade quilt and help needy at the same time
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You can own a one-of-a-kind quilt and help feed the hungry at the same time this holiday season.

And it takes only one buck to achieve both. However, more tickets purchased for the opportunity to win the “Mr. Snowcomb” quilted wall hanging will be appreciated by the Second Harvest Food Bank where every penny from this fund-raiser will go.

The quilt, designed by Manteca quilter and quilt instructor Sandra Newcomb, is currently hanging at the Ladybug’s Quilts on North Main Street in Manteca where tickets may be purchased during regular business hours for the Dec. 19 drawing.

Newcomb describes her creation as “a ‘redwork’ embroidery, because it’s all done in red; it’s a red and white quilt with the picture of Snowman.”

She named it Mr. Newcomb in honor of her late father-in-law who passed away in October. During her visits while he was at the hospital, she would work on the quilt and would show him her project in progress.

“He was going to buy tickets for the drawing,” Newcomb said.

Unfortunately he passed away before he had an opportunity to do that.

“So I named it ‘Mr. Newcomb’ in his honor,” said the longtime Manteca quilter.

“One hundred percent of the money we raise will go to the food bank, so nobody gets any penny but the food bank,” she said.

Even the materials she used for the quilt were donated, as were the time she incurred in designing and quilting the top of the quilt. Leann Van Lehn of Tracy, owner of Silver Cloud Quilting and a good friend of Newcomb, also donated her time machine-quilting the layers together. The wall hanging is about 46x59 inches.

This not the first quilt that Newcomb designed and donated to charity. She had already done two of them for breast cancer fund-raisers.

“It’s something I love to do, so I might as well do it to help somebody else. There’s a lot more people who are worse off than I am,” she explained.

It’s just part of what her family does during the holidays.

“We don’t do Christmas presents in my house; we do charity work. There are so many people who are out of work and with empty stomachs,” she said.

Newcomb has been quilting for about two decades. She started with crafts – “I used to do lots of crafts” – until she fell in love with quilting.

She is still in crafts, although she now teachers others how to do that. In fact, she teaches crafts at Ladybug’s Quilts.

Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket for “Mr. Newcomb” can stop by Ladybug’s Quilts at 1236 N. Main St., Suite A. It’s the building behind Straw Hat Pizza and a veterinary clinic along the Lancaster Drive side of this commercial corner. The quilt store is open every day: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The quilt shop, which opened on June 12, is co-owned by three women – Sherry and sisters Susan and Julie.

For more information about the “Mr. Newcomb” quilt or about the benefit fund-raiser, drop by the shop or call (209) 824-0485 or send them an e-mail at You can also check out their web site at